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Fukushima court awards locals US$4.5m payout

A Japanese court yesterday ordered the government and the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant to pay 500 million yen (US$4.5 million) to thousands of former area residents who were demanding compensation for their livelihoods lost in the 2011 nuclear crisis.The Fukushima district court said the government had failed to order Tokyo Electric Power Co to improve safety measures despite knowing as early as 2002 of a risk of a massive tsunami in the region. The 3,800 plaintiffs, who sued in 2015, form the largest group among about 30 similar lawsuits involving 12,000 people pending across Japan.It was the second verdict that held the government accountable in the Fukushima meltdowns.The court upheld the plaintiffs’ argument that the disaster could have been prevented if the government had ordered TEPCO to move emergency diesel generators from the basement to higher ground and make the reactor buildings water-tight based on 2002 data that suggested there was a risk of a tsunami as high as 15.7 meters.The plaintiffs also had argued that TEPCO ignored another chance to take safety measures when a government study group warned in 2008 of a major tsunami triggering a power outage at the plant.The tsunami that swept into the plant on March 11, 2011, knocked out the reactors’ cooling system and destroyed the backup generators that could have kept it running and kept the nuclear fuel stable.The government and the utility have argued a tsunami as high as what occurred could not have been anticipated.Yesterday’s ruling dismissed the plaintiffs’ demand that radiation levels in their former neighborhoods be reduced to pre-disaster levels.
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